And Tsar Vlad thinks that threats and reprisals are going to keep them away? Not now.
Given that Sweden and Finland have traditionally been neutral nations, this is a big step for them. They have previously had a military treaty with each other and Norway, which is itself a NATO member and supports Finnish and Swedish membership.
Push me and I’ll push back.
Another example of Putin’s failure to see the big picture. He wanted to keep Ukraine out of NATO so badly that he encouraged its expansion. And he cannot afford to move troops to the Finnish and Swedish borders to do sword-waving. Trying to defeat NATO has made it potentially stronger.
A coup to replace Putin seems a very logical forthcoming event. The Russian people have not in recent years been all that docile. Maybe sensibly frightened and cautious but…..
The Finns make a better friend than an enemy. Check the concept of sisu.
Some hope for Putin’s death. but I’m a little more vengeful. I hope for a stroke that leaves him sufficiently incapacitated that he cannot main office, and is shunted off to obscurity and depression. Aware that he has been struck down, and having to live with that.
Aside from the deaths, wounds and damage inflicted by the fighting, Putin’s war has caused much economic hardship, and threatens the ability to feed significant numbers of people far from the battleground. And for rattling a nuclear saber. For these things, I want him to suffer physically and emotionally.
Finland has spent many, many decades preparing its military and defenses in depth, in anticipation of another Russian invasion. After Putin lost a third of his military power in Ukraine, with the outcome very much in doubt, his military has proven itself to be, at best, overrated, and his primary weapons are his Navy and air force. Both those arms are very, very much outclassed by NATO and the U.S., alone. His only threats, really, are oil and gas, and nuclear weapons. Using nukes, however, would be potentially suicidal, causing immediate and devastating ripostes.
Realistically, NATO could kick Russia’s butt into next week in a conventional war, and Putin knows it.
Adding Sweden and Finland to its ranks would strengthen NATO’s military prowess, while guaranteeing the security of those nations under an iron dome of nuclear strength as well.
One big question is whether or not the anti-American, pro-Putin wing of the radicalized Republicans in the Senate. A 2/3 majority vote in the Senate would be required for the U.S. to approve the inclusion of Finland and Sweden in NATO, and the radical MAGA clique hasn’t exactly been putting the nation’s best interests first.
I’m just happy to see these European countries finally start talking their own security seriously. It’s long overdue. They don’t have the option not to anymore.
The man who came out of the rain.
RasPutin will be his own worst enemy and his billionaire friends will take only so much before they take matters into their own hands to end this war.
I’d love to see them become members.